Info Intel ARC owners thread. 68 games tested, retested, and counting. Includes productivity experiences. Feel free to add your results.

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Here in the U.S. the ARC A310 price is too close to the A380 to make sense. Given you get 2GB more vram and better ultra budget gaming with the A380 which goes on sale for $99 every couple of months. The tiny single slot Sparkle can fill a niche but I have read the fan is terrible on it, and can't be controlled.

But here is where the surprising thing happens. It is better than the GTX 1630. I know it is a pretty low bar to clear, but even still, $99 vs $135 makes it kind of impressive. Better media features, hardware upscaling, handles new games better.

 
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Sparkle can fill a niche but I have read the fan is terrible on it, and can't be controlled.
I don't even hear it when it's processing conversions at full tilt. Now, when it wasn't seated correctly and the fan hit 100% with the case open it was quite apparent. I think a combo of the case/fans/firmware/codec make a difference. I've got it dialed in on my AMD setup to the point where the GPU engaged less than 2 CPU cores using QSV. Default though it would use 6-8 cores depending on the source file/codec.

I can't speak to the gaming aspect though which might spin things up moreso than converting video files.
 
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I don't even hear it when it's processing conversions at full tilt. Now, when it wasn't seated correctly and the fan hit 100% with the case open it was quite apparent. I think a combo of the case/fans/firmware/codec make a difference. I've got it dialed in on my AMD setup to the point where the GPU engaged less than 2 CPU cores using QSV. Default though it would use 6-8 cores depending on the source file/codec.

I can't speak to the gaming aspect though which might spin things up more so than converting video files.
Thanks for the hands on feedback, that's good info for anyone with a similar use case. Most of the fan noise complaints were user reviews on Newegg. A few on r/IntelArc.
 

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Thanks for the hands on feedback, that's good info for anyone with a similar use case. Most of the fan noise complaints were user reviews on Newegg. A few on r/IntelArc.
I don't get what people are doing that makes their system so loud. Decent case and keeping the system cool with multiple fans that are able to run at lower RPMs. It's not rocket science it's just moving air properly instead of relying on what ships with the case / cooler. Of course the driver version you're suing makes a difference as well. The difference though between the A3xx/5xx/7xx shouldn't be that much different from a design stand point to make them sound like you're in the path of an airport though. If they're loud then there's something to be looked at like pulling the heat sink and checking the paste and/or replacing it w/ a graphite pad instead. Sometimes though there's a lemon in production and the fan just needs to be replaced.

There's been a couple of mentions recently of open air systems running even dual RTX 4's and staying at ambient temps so.... I would think it's a design issue of how they're building their systems and not giving it enough room to breathe properly. The only time I really had any noise issues with any system was when I was mining and had to do some fan control to find a balance between temps / productivity. IIRC setting the fans on the GPUs to ~70% was the best option.

Then again I can envision people putting their ear on the case and listening for something to B about. "Normal" use though should drown out the sounds unless something else is wrong and ramping up the fans.
 

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No argument here. PEBCAK/PINIC is the by far the leading cause of most PC issues.

On another topic. I have not updated the games list as my wife has been using that system as her daily driver the last 6 weeks. It has been rock solid in that capacity. They finally got her a new work laptop so I will swap in a different nvme and get some more games tested, hopefully next week.
 

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ID-10-T but yeah.... I suppose the other issue is being a teenager and having supersonic hearing. Not to mention not having anything else to do but focus on their precious.

I've been in this game back to the days of RAM being sold by the MB and consoles only being things like Atari. Back when the internet was text based and very very very slow.

There's a reason my "ignore" button gets used so much on forums. When you filter the noise it gets pretty quiet and manageable to actually pick up on threads that are worthwhile. I don't bother reporting the spam / bots anymore as it's pointless and there's always another one waiting to post.

I guess the point here is to manage expectations and respond accordingly. If you want silence then put a passive cooler on the damned thing or stick it in a eGPU box to kill the acoustics. Off the shelf and into your system isn't usually going to be the most efficient HW can be and meet your expectations.
 

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Latest beta drivers have good news for Diablo IV players -

Game performance improvements on Intel Arc A-Series Graphics Products versus Intel 31.0.101.5594 software driver for:
Diablo IV (DX12)
  • Up to 30% average FPS uplift at 1080p with Ray Tracing Ultra settings
  • Up to 35% average FPS uplift at 1440p with Ray Tracing Ultra settings
 
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Damn! Tim tested 250 games on the A770 LE with a 7800X3D system. TLDW - for the criteria he chose 218 games passed in every category. He is undoubtedly establishing a database for Gandalf/BM comparisons later.

He could not test 250 games long enough to expose all issue of course. One example: I had to get to the first village in Tomb Raider 2013 to encounter performance problems where it had drops well below a locked 60 at 1080 (my criteria), which DXVK fixed.

Props to Tim! :beercheers: